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Technical Adviser: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Employer: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Location: Manchester or London (Home working may be considered in exceptional circumstances)
Deadline: Sept. 13, 2013
Reference Number: 907-911
Contact: Leeza Osipenko

Technical Adviser, Scientific Advice Programme
Band 8b (£45,707 - £56,504)
2 x full time, fixed term posts available (1 x 20 month contract, 1 x 12 months contract)

The Centre for Health Technology Evaluation develops guidance on the use of new and existing medicines, treatments and procedures within the NHS.

NICE Scientific Advice provides fee-for-service advice to pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers of medical technologies who have products in development that may be referred for a future technology appraisal or other evaluation by NICE. The advice offered draws on the Institute’s experience of using evidence to provide guidance for the NHS.

The role of Technical Adviser involves critically reviewing materials submitted by the client (pharmaceutical or medical technology companies) detailing their clinical trial programmes and any plans for an economic evaluation. Liaising with clinical and academic experts, you will prepare draft answers to the questions posed by the company and brief Senior Technical Adviser and Associate Director on key issues prior to advice meetings. You will be required to present at face-to-face client meetings at NICE and also to represent the views of NICE at international joint advice meetings with the EMA (European Medicines Agency) and other national HTA (Health Technology Assessment) agencies. You will draft formal written advice reports from NICE for the client. You will also participate in and develop content for educational seminars for fee-paying clients. You will be involved in other business development activities such as representing NICE Scientific Advice at external meetings and conferences.

You will have:

  • Doctorate or Masters and further specialist training or equivalent level of knowledge acquired through experience and further training/development
  • Experience of working in one of the following fields: Clinical trials, Health economics, Public health and health policy, Epidemiology or systematic reviewing, Medical statistics
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles of evidence-based healthcare, critical appraisal and the interpretation and synthesis of health care research evidence
  • Expertise in guideline development, health technology assessment and/or public health research and assessment methodology
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate highly complex ideas to a range of audiences where there are significant barriers to acceptance which need to be overcome in a hostile, antagonistic or highly emotive atmosphere
For an informal discussion please contact Leeza Osipenko on 020 7045 2249 or

Closing date: noon on 13th September 2013 - late applications will not be accepted.

Interview date: wc 14th October 2013

Contact: Leeza Osipenko